Danelectro Shorthorn Standard Model 3412 Electric Bass Guitar (1960)

Danelectro  Shorthorn Standard Model 3412 Electric Bass Guitar  (1960)

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Danelectro Shorthorn Standard Model 3412 Model Electric Bass Guitar (1960), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 2120, copper lacquer with white vinyl edging finish, Masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

This is a nice original example of the classic early 1960s Danelectro "Shorthorn" 4-string bass. These compact creations are not the rarest of old Dan-o's, but usually turn up more heavily worn in. This copper-top beauty was made in mid-1960 with all the "classic" Dan-o features: semi-hollow Masonite and pine body, white pebble vinyl side covering, "seal" shaped Masonite pickguard, and a single lipstick tube pickup with tone and volume controls and 3-way tone modifier switch.

Specific features for this year include the older-style openback Waverly tuners (replaced with the inferior in-house "Skate Key" tuners the a few year later), 3-screw neck attachment with no neck tilt device, "Totally Shielded" headstock sticker, and early 2-piece metal strap buttons. The short 15-fret neck has Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with the famous "coke bottle" headstock with vertical "Danelectro" logo and aluminum nut. This is an easy-playing and great-sounding bass with a nice combination of thump and the traditional Danno twang factor.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This bass has some wear overall, but the only major alteration is the copper finish has been sanded off the back of the neck below the headstock. The pickguard has two filled holes where someone probably mounted and removed a finger rest long ago. The finish shows just small chips and dings otherwise.

All hardware is original; the bridge slots have been widened a bit for large ball end strings, as is common with these. The bass is set up with an old (early '70s or earlier, with the fluted ball ends) set of Rotosound flatwound strings that sound great-we think they should stay on forever! This is a superbly handy, great-sounding, and great-playing little bass ready to go. Excellent - Condition.